MetroBus one-way system on Stoke Lane will go ahead at end of June

June 15 2016

A one-way traffic system will be introduced on Stoke Lane near Frenchay from 26 June 2016 so a retaining wall can be built and the road widened for a new bus lane for MetroBus and other bus services.

A one-way traffic system will be introduced on Stoke Lane near Frenchay from 26 June 2016 so a retaining wall can be built and the road widened for a new bus lane for MetroBus and other bus services.

The one-way system will be in place on Stoke Lane from the junction with Frenchay Park Road up to Lancelot Road.

 

Traffic travelling north

From June 26, from the junction with Frenchay Park Road, traffic travelling north will have to go on Bristol Road up to Hambrook Junction, along the A4174 Avon Ring Road, under the M32 Junction 1, remaining on A4174 Filton Road, turning left onto Coldharbour Lane back to University of the West of England (UWE) roundabout with Stoke Lane.

Residential access will be maintained from the UWE roundabout with two-way traffic still running to the junction of Lancelot Road.

 

Traffic travelling south

From June 26, from the junction with Lancelot Road, traffic will still be able to travel down Stoke Lane towards Frenchay Park Road junction, with both left and right turns allowed at this junction.

Why a one-way system is needed

The one-way system means our contractors can safely work on two sides of Stoke Lane. It also reduces the length time needed to complete the construction works.

The one-way system was chosen because it will have the least impact on traffic. Directing the traffic in this direction minimises disruption, it also relieves pressure on the ring-road junctions because fewer motorists will need to make right turns.

 

Background

The one-way system was originally going to be introduced in April but was postponed until UWE’s exam period finished in May. The one-way system was then postponed in May after residents raised some concerns. The local councils and the contractor responsible for the construction works have since met with residents and explained the one-way system. Local residents now accept the one-way system is the least disruptive method of managing traffic whilst the construction works are carried out.

 

MetroBus

The Stoke Lane bus lane is essential for MetroBus. It forms part of a coordinated package of bus lanes and infrastructure between UWE and the city centre that will ensure MetroBus services are rapid and reliable.

The new bus priority measures will mean that some journeys between UWE, Bradley Stoke and the city centre will be up to 30 minutes quicker than existing bus services.

 

Bus services

The Travelwest website has more information about how bus services will operate whilst the one-way system is in place: www.travelwest.info/SLBusChanges

You can also call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 for up-to-date information on bus services.

 

Other MetroBus works in the area

 

• Two new MetroBus stops will be located at the entrance of the new bus-only junction. MetroBus will provide residents with fast and direct services to the city centre, the University of the West of England, Bristol Parkway and Cribbs Causeway.

• MetroBus is extending bus priority measures, this includes a signalised bus gate on Stoke Lane and a longer length of bus lane. All bus services will be able to take advantage of a new extended southbound bus lane which will start opposite the Lancelot Road junction.

• The pedestrian and cycling path on Stoke Lane will be resurfaced and new pedestrian crossings at key locations will improve safety for pedestrians. The junction between Stoke Lane and Frenchay Park Road is also being made safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists will also be able to use the new sections of bus lane on Stoke Lane.

  • The existing stone wall on Stoke Lane will be rebuilt and a new grass verge will be provided between the wall and the footpath. New tree and shrub planting along the eastern side of the Stoke Lane will complement and strengthen the existing visual screening and provide continuity of habitat along the length of the road.

• The area near Simms Hill will be improved. The field to the east of Stoke Lane below Simms Hill will be cleared of scrub to allow grass to redevelop.

MetroBus

MetroBus is a new bus rapid transit system for the West of England area. It is a joint project by Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

MetroBus will provide quicker, more reliable journeys than existing bus services and is key to supporting future economic growth in the West of England region.

MetroBus will connect parts of Bristol currently poorly served by public transport, creating more opportunities for people in these areas to access education and jobs which were previously difficult to travel to.

This is especially important for residential areas in South Bristol, parts of which are within the most deprived 10 per cent in the country with high levels of unemployment and fewer opportunities to access work, education and training.

The dedicated infrastructure, including bus lanes, a bus only junction on the M32 and other priority measures, is designed to remove MetroBus from congested parts of the network and reduce journey times. 

The Stoke Lane works are part of a coordinated package of bus lanes and infrastructure between the University of the West of England (UWE) and the city centre that will ensure MetroBus services are rapid and reliable. These new bus priority measures will mean that some bus journeys between UWE, Bradley Stoke and the city centre will be up to 30 minutes quicker than existing bus services.

MetroBus will be commercially operated by bus operators who will provide greener vehicles and a faster service to passengers.

MetroBus services across the whole network are planned to commence from Autumn 2017.